-180 programmes and activities achieved
A Highly successful year despite unprecedented challenges is how the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club (RHTY&SC) has described 2013.
The 23 year-old leading youth and sports organisation in Guyana informed that it completed a record breaking 180 programmes and activities while its cricketers continue to make the club proud on and off the
field of play.
CEO/Secretary Hilbert Foster in assessing the year disclosed that the club was able to record resounding success due to the outstanding work and dedication of the executive and members including Honorary Patron Beverley Harper, President Keith Foster, Treasurer Dawn Hicks, Office staff Eon Hooper and Moonish Singh and Executive Member Allan Harry.
He further disclosed that the programmes and activities were completed under Sports, Culture, Youth Development, Coaching, Awards, Religious, Anti-Drugs, Community Development, Social, Economic Development and Educational.
On the field of play, the club won the Neal & Massy 50-overs Intermediate competition, NAMILCO/Bakewell T20 Cup and NBS 40-overs second-division. They were runner-up in the Carib Beer T20 Cup and reached the semifinals of the Universal DVD T20 and Elizabeth Styles Under-19 50-overs.
In current competition, the club has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Berbice Under-17 and the final of the Tenelec Inc. Under-15 tournaments.
From an individual focus, Daniel Lewis and Brandon Prashad represented Guyana at the Under-17 level while Shawn Pereira and Askay Homraj played for the national Under-19 team with Pereira as Captain.
Homraj scored a brilliant 103 on debut against the Windward Islands. Phaffiana Millington Captained the national Under-19 team while Shabita Gajnabi and Erica Lashley also played for the team.
At the National Senior level Assad Fudadin, Royston Crandon and Rajiv Ivan played while Phaffiana Millington, Shemaine Campbelle, Trishanie Cort, Erva Giddings and Melanie Henry played for the female Senior National team.
In addition to the national players, the following players also played at the Inter County level either for Berbice and in some cases, the President’s X1 team; they are: Joshua Gobin, Veeramootoo Senwasane, Jason Anderson, Arif Chan, Shailendra Shameer, Nikita Toney, Tessa Park, Eon Hooper, Clinton Pestano, Dominique Rikhi, Delbert Hicks, Jason Sinclair while Shailendra Shameer played for Guyana against Bangladesh Under-19.
During the year, Shemaine Campbelle became the first Guyanese and only the second West Indian to score an International hundred. Aassad Fudadin scored 140 for West Indies ‘A’ against India while Askay Homraj hit 103 for the National Under-19 side.
Off the field of play, Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club hosted another successful Cricket Academy in July for 90 youths; held its 23rd Annual Awards Ceremony where over $2.5m worth of prizes were shared out while twelve coaching clinics for its youth players were also held.
Members of the club’s various teams – Rose Hall Town Farfan & Mendes Under-15, Bakewell Under-17 and Second Division, Pepsi Under-19 and Intermediate, Gizmos & Gadgets First Division and Under-21 and the Metro Females completed over 80 self developmental programmes with the main aim of making positive differences in the lives of youths, the elderly and less fortunate while also promoting the “Say No To Drugs and Yes To Education” message.
Among the major programmes and projects completed by the club during the year under review were the Annual Awards Ceremony, Annual Magazine, Cricket Academy, Republic Bank Summer Camp, Mathematics Evening Classes for Secondary School students, Anti-Drugs Billboard, Western Union Junior Cricketer Ambassadors Programme, Basil Butcher Trust Fund, Patricia Moniz Educational Trust Fund, Tribute to Heroes, Ansa McAl Award of Excellence, Sentinel Security Berbice Sports Awards, Scotia Bank Tribute to Teachers, E-Networks Tribute to Head Teachers, Mother of the year, Father of the year, Region 6 Educational Awards Scheme, Berbice River Bridge Tribute to Retired Teachers Programme, Weekly Feeding of the Needy, Monthly Food Hampers for Senior Citizens, Musical Television Shows, Hosting of NAMILCO/Bakewell T20 tourney, Teacher of the Term Award Scheme and the Printing of Educational Posters.
The club also distributed over $10M worth of educational and hygiene kits, clothing, food items and footwear to less fortunate families in Berbice and in August donated close to $1M worth of school bags and exercise books to students also in the Ancient County.
They also assisted 32 cricket clubs, youth and sports organisations with over $2.5M worth of sports equipment and other needed materials and assisted two children with funding for overseas medical expenses.
In December, a massive Christmas programme was organised including a party for 500 children, a senior citizens luncheon while 300 hampers and 3000 toys were also distributed.
During the year, the club and its CEO/Secretary Hilbert Foster also playing a pivotal role in reforming its founder group, the St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Youth Club while also sponsoring activities which included Essay and Art competitions, printing of monthly Church leaflet, lunch for orphans, toys for all catholic children in Berbice and obtaining a $175,000 musical set for the church.
The club, as it has done for the past six years, also played a significant role in raising millions of dollars in sponsorship for the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) and also co-sponsored over thirty programmes for the said entity.
Foster noted that the club was fortunate that it was still able to be successful in 2013 because it had its own internal problems to deal with including the resignation of two officials, the high cost of maintaining a permanent office, the huge electricity bills, the virtual non co-operation of the Rose Hall Town Council in relation to the upkeep and security of the Area ‘H’ Ground, indiscipline of some youths and the efforts of a few outside the club who seemed determined to destroy the club in an effort to gain power at the Berbice cricket level.
The main highlight for the club in 2013 Foster stated was the fulfillment of a commitment made by his Excellency President Donald Ramotar and Minister of Sport Dr. Frank Anthony to repair the Area ‘H’ Ground, Old Pavilion.
A total of 200 programmes/activities have been projected by the club for 2014 with special emphasis to be placed on charity, education, anti-drugs, youth development as well as religious activities.
The various cricket teams would also undergo a restructuring with a view to getting better results with the newly appointed cricket Coach Winston Smith and Office Manager Moonish Singh leading in this regard.
Special emphasis would also be placed on the St. Francis Xavier Youth Club while with the re-appointment of Hilbert Foster as the BCB Special Events Committee Chairman, the Berbice Board would also benefit in a large way from the RHTY&SC.
The club is very grateful to its numerous supporters, official sponsors and donors for their support during 2013 which enabled the RHTY&SC to maintain its status as Guyana’s leading youth and sports entity.
Gratitude has been extended to His Excellency President Donald Ramotar, BAKEWELL, DDL, Gizmos & Gadgets, Farfan & Mendes, Food For the Poor, Metro Office Supplies, Sterling Products, GTM Group of Companies, Western Union, Banks DIH, Ansa McAl, Beharry’s, Berbice River Bridge, E-Networks, NAMILCO, GT&T, Republic Bank (Guy) Limited, Scotia Bank, DTV-8, Busta, NCN, Radio Needy Children Fund, Bounty Farm Limited, Toucan Industry, Southland International, F&H Printing Est., H.A Snacks, Impressions, Trophy Stall, New GPC Inc., Universal DVD, Sentinel Security, Hand-in-Hand, Bissan’s, A. Ally & Sons, Len’s Craft Optical, TCL (Guy), Ricks & Sari Limited, Diamond Fire & General Insurance, Minister Jennifer Westford, Kings Jewellery, A.M Khan, De Sinco Trading, Ming’s Propducts & Services, Feroze Barakat, Bermudez, C.K Associates, John Lewis Styles, P&P Insurance Brokers, Starr Computers, Apex Insurance, Alfred Mentore, A.H &L Kissoon, Lotto, Basil Butcher, CIRKEL, Dr. Ian Mc Donald, Marcel Crawford SC, Mohamed Qualander and Vincent Alexander.
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